Saturday, October 22, 2005

USATODAY.com - College gender gap widens: 57% are women

USATODAY.com - College gender gap widens: 57% are women: "'We think there's value in having equal numbers,' says Jim Bock, admissions dean at Pennsylvania's Swarthmore College. Last year, the school admitted more women than men, but it admitted a greater percentage of the male applicants than female. The student body's male/female breakdown is about 48/52."

Gender balance in a university is nice and all it makes picking a marriage partner easier but is that all that important. Do they really have to practice affirmative action to get more boys in?

The question they should be asking is WHY boys are not going to college. I wonder if they are just not seeing much value to it any more. They are growing up in a time when their fathers are changing jobs and careers more often then ever. While not getting a degree has some downsides, they might be wondering what the upsides are supposed to be. Especially after counting th cost of student loans.

1 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

I think some of the college gender gap is due to women pursuing educations in middle or old age. As a college student, I only knew one male far beyond traditional college age (in his 50's), but I knew about 20 females in this same category. This number in no way makes up for the significant difference between the percentage of males and females graduating from college, but it can provide some explanation.

06 November, 2005 15:42  

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